We Inspect for Potential Environmental Hazards (PEH)
Because your inspector should find everything which could affect your investment.
What is a PEH?
A Potential Environmental Hazard (PEH) is any thing which might alter or impair the structural integrity of the home, or jeopardize the health or safety of the occupants.
COMMON POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS
Here in Washington we enjoy an enviable level of humidity compared to other parts of the world. However, on occassion this humidity can become trapped or concentrated in the wrong locations of your property and when it does this can create serious concerns for you and your home. This is why we recommend Moisture Intrusion Inspections.
Mold can grow just about anywhere but 80% of molds are mostly harmless in most exposure situations. However, it’s the 20% that can range from symptoms such as headaches, to severe and permanent brain damage. These molds also are only able to grow in dark, dank, and hidden environments, like wall cavities or attics. This is why we strongly recommend clients get a mold sample of some molds that may be found during their inspection.
Air carries with it everything from life sustaining oxygen to the spores of molds that may be growing nearby. Air Samples are an excellent tool to check for and eliminate hazards long before you can even smell or see them. Naturally we strongly recommend Air Quality Samples, especially in areas known for poor air quality, or in some cases even new construction.
A great investment
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In addition to illness, a variety of less serious problems such as taste, color, odor and staining of clothes or fixtures are signs of possible water quality problems. Other things to think about include the nearness of your water well to septic systems and the composition of your home’s
plumbing materials, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. When our clients have concerns about water quality, we test for the major water contaminants.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, and tasteless and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It comes from the radioactive decay of radium, an element found in most rocks and soils. Radon can enter a building from the ground underneath it, and concentrate to tens or even hundreds of times the level in outdoor air. This is why we recommend a Radon Test with next steps to our clients.
Asbestos is one of the smallest (size) hazards we handle. In fact, the Anthrax virus is larger than some Asbestos particles. Where asbestos is suspected, samples are taken following AHERA protocol, and delivered with a signed and dated chain of custody to a certified lab equipped with PLM (polarized light microscopy) sensors to determine the content as well as the density (percentage of asbestos). All results of testing are forwarded to the client. We also provide the required demolition certificates needed on some projects to legally dispose of contaminated material.
Fidelity Building Inspections is the premier building inspection company in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. We specialize in Home, PEH, Rehabilitation, and Commercial Inspections.
- Did You Know?© Thanks to NAFTA, Asbestos is in modern homesTrue, We stopped asbestos in our production in the 1980’s, but the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada allows sheetrock with asbestos right through our borders. Homes built today can have 3 times the federal limit of asbestos.